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Letters to the Editor: July 6

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We must use not lose precious freedoms

As we just celebrated the birth of our great nation, we pray that our beloved country might have a new birth of freedom. Not a freedom from God, which always leads to license of ultimate slavery, but a freedom built upon God and his commandments, apart from which any nation will eventually perish.
Let’s never forget those 56 fearless men who met on that hot summer day, July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia and signed that historic document, the Declaration of Independence. Those 56 fearless men considered liberty was so much more important than security that they pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honors. They fulfilled their pledge, they paid the price and freedom was born. To keep that freedom alive we must elect men and women who can and will lead our communities, states and nation according to the precepts of the Bible. To do that we must be informed and vote. 
To vote we must register, which is now easy to do. For without registering and voting there can be no freedom. Register and vote so we may never face the question from our children and grandchildren, "Where were you the day freedom died in America?"This message is brought to you for the preservation of America, "One nation under God and indivisible with liberty and justice for all."
Tamarack Christian Missions, Int Inc.
Rev. Charles Sutton, founder and president


Drug overdose deaths rising, help offered

Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. In 2014, it surpassed both car accidents and gun violence in number of deaths.
Those with loved ones who are using opiates or heroin need to be aware that opiates are the main contributors to this problem. With drug dealers across the United States mixing new and powerful synthetic drugs into street opiates such as heroin, the chance of accidental overdose has exponentially increased.The drug Fentanyl, U-47700, and Furanyl can be 50 to 100 times more powerful than heroin, making the risk of a fatal overdose much higher. Drug dealers have been using this drug to increase the potency of their heroin at a lower cost.
These new drugs are increasing the risk to any who abuse drugs as dealers press drugs into pills and sell them under the guise of being something else. Today, those who abuse drugs truly are at risk as there is no telling what drugs they are taking.
Now more than ever, it is essential to help those you know who are addicted to alcohol or drugs. Trying to help someone with an addiction can be more than frustrating. Although you just want to help, many times they fight against you as if you were the enemy. Don't be surprised if your loved one even accuses you of contributing to their addiction. Hear them out and take their words into consideration, but at the end of the day realize getting them sober and continuing to live is the most important thing. These drugs have made it potentially life threatening to be an abuser of any type of drugs. Get yourself educated. If one of your loved ones is struggling with addiction, get them into treatment. Don’t wait until it is too late.There are many different approaches to the challenge of how to help a substance abuser. For free information or to learn the steps of how to get someone into treatment for heroin addiction, visit: or call (800) 431-1754 to get help for your loved ones.
Ray Clauson
Denham Springs, La.

Civil War based on money, not on slavery

I am responding to a letter written by Carl Maxwell about the Confederate War. 
Now I don’t know too much about the Tariff Acts except that the North wanted the southern tariffs. 
The question is,  Did the South receive northern tariffs? This dumb war had nothing to do with slavery. In fact the northern armies had tons of slaves doing the dirty work for them. General Robert E. Lee had a black man working for him. His name was Hardesty. Hardesty was the general’s cook and body guard. The Civil War was about jealousy. The North was afraid that the South would end up with more clout than the North. You have to remember, back in those days there were three things that were needed more than the North’s machine tools —  cotton, hemp and tobacco. The cotton for our clothes, hemp for rope to tie up a horse or a ship and of course, tobacco. The high-hatted men of those days smoked cigars. Guys who worked for the high hats chewed plug tobacco. It was not just in this country, but all over the world that those three commodities were in high demand. Cotton was king.I have a lot I could write about the Civil War, but the one thing that haunts me more than anything else is why do the blacks hate the Confederate flag. It is their heritage. That flag brought them freedom. If they were still in the countries that they came from, how many of them would now own high dollar cars and get food stamps? After the war was over, a group of congressmen wanted to send the slaves back home. Of course that was over-ruled — so now we know the rest of the story and the outcome.
Tom Thomas


Nothing covered that won’t become revealed

It amazes me how people try to disguise things they are doing and really think they are never going to be found out. In Luke 12:2-3 Jesus said, For there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. Jesus also said, Matthew 12:36-37: But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account therof in the day of judgement. For by they words thou shalt be justified and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. People try to keep secrets from others and they try to justify what they are doing but the word says in Numbers 32:23: Be sure your sin will find you out. In Romans 2:16: In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. There are secret organizations and people join and they think that makes them special, but we are to humble, not arrogant and prideful. You may be able to hide what you are doing and who you are trying to fool but Proverbs 15:3 says: The eyes of the lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. Make sure your sins are under the blood of Jesus Christ. John 1:17. Hebrews 9:27 says: And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement. Ecclesiastes 11:3: If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be. So the way you leave here is the way you will stand before the lord. You are only here for a short time. Be ready to prepare to meet thy God, Amos 4:12. So repent of your sins and be born again cause time is drawing nigh. See Romans 10:9-10 and Romans 3:23.




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